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    Michael Jackson's anti-gravity illusion shoes - GIF and patent

    Michael Jackson's anti-gravity illusion shoes. Awarded US patent #5255452 in 1993.



    Jackson was such a good dancer that the illusion worked - it was commonly thought that he was just performing an extremely difficult dance move.

    I believe this was Jackson's only patent, co-held with two of his costume designers. Interestingly, the patent mentions a previously-invented similar type of shoe intended to be worn by astronauts working in zero gravity.









    More: https://www.google.com/patents/US5255452

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    Perhaps Jackson took his inspiration from a candy stretching technique:


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    That particular dance performance had to be so well choreographed in order to pull off the illusion I think I read somewhere that it took months to get perfect. If a single dancer misted 1 of the embedded studs in the floor the routine would have been ruined


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